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Mortar Board

Mortar Board Membership Application Process

The 2017-2018 Mortar Board Membership Application deadline has passed. Applications for 2018-2019 will become available in January 2018.

An online application and hard copy application are both required.

Additionally, if you would like to submit an optional faculty recommendation, please download and have your recommender fill out the Faculty Recommendation Form.

Once you have completed the online application, please print out the requested materials and submit your hard copy application to the address below:

Dr. Jane K. Smith

Mortar Board- Undergraduate Division

San Diego State University AD 226

San Diego, CA 92182-1623


Fourty-five applicants will be selected for membership. The ceremonial membership tapping will occur during class time the week of March 13th – 17th. Membership Applicants: please be in attendance for all classes during this week. 


Have more questions? Check out our 'Membership Applications FAQs' page to see if it has already been answered. If your question has not been answered on the FAQs page, please contact Mortar Board Adviser Cassandra Neel at



Advantages of Membership

Membership in Mortar Board is not only an honor but an opportunity to become associated with a national organization which will bring you lifelong enjoyment and recognition. Additionally, membership provides:

  • Opportunities to meet and work with accomplished students from a multitude of disciplines and age groups
  • Opportunities for career placement and advancement through contacts with Mortar Board Alumni
  • Opportunities to be considered for a local Mortar Board scholarship which is awarded annually to an outstanding member of the Cap and Gown Chapter
  • Opportunities to apply for National Mortar Board Fellowships

Membership in Mortar Board will offer you a fulfilling year of service to your university and community.


Membership Eligibility

Criteria for admission to Mortar Board at SDSU:

  • Full-time student at SDSU with senior standing for the fall semester and an SDSU GPA and overall grade point average of 3.2 or better (no exceptions)
  • Participation and excellence in the following three areas: scholarship, leadership, and service (only those students who have excelled in all three areas will be considered)

Membership in Mortar Board means active involvement and a commitment to serve the university and the community.


Membership Obligations

  • One-time national fee of $80
  • Local dues set by chapter: $10
  • Monthly meetings
  • Serving on a committee
  • Participating in membership selection, tapping, initiation, and special events



    Mortar Boarders among the 2016 Homecoming Court: Angela Risi (fourth from left), Brian Levett (fifth from left), Shaan McGhie (second from right) 



    Mortar Boarders among the 2015 'Quest for the Best' Awardees: (From right to left) Trevor Auldridge, Ryan Vanshur, Tenille Taggart, Kiana Caton, Anthony Rodriguez, and Susana Najera.